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  Withdrawal
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HTHGS: Withdrawal (written by Amanda Lambros, BA)

Dear Amanda, 
Me and my boyfriend are very sexually active. However, we do not use condoms just for a better experience so he just pulls out his penis right before he is about to ejaculate. Can I still get pregnant from pre-ejaculation? Thanks. Sincerely, Unprotected

Dear Unprotected, 
The current method of contraception that you are using is called 'the withdrawal' method. This is not a very effective method of birth control. The failure rate is around 19% which means that if you and your boyfriend have sex 100 times, of those 100 times, there will be 19 chances that you are likely to get pregnant. 

I have to say that 'yes' you can become pregnant with this method because the few drops of fluid that come out of the penis during arousal may carry enough sperm for a pregnancy to occur. If he ejaculates outside of the vagina but near the vulva (all genitals on the outside) sperm may still get into the vagina. Another flaw is that sometimes the man does not withdraw in time. They may feel as tough they have but they could be mistaken. 

Although not the safest but definitely more safe then 'withdrawal' is using a condom. If you still want the 'feeling' try using extra thin condoms. It might feel slightly different for him (but not too different if using extra thin condoms) however...it is better than taking care of a child that you didn't plan for. Hope I was able to help you out. Stay Safe.... Amanda

 

 

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Ms. Robboy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Growth Inc and How To Have Good Sex Inc.  Alex practices marriage and family therapy and sex therapy, and also conducts periodic seminars about human sexuality throughout the northeastern United States.

Ms. Robboy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Masters degree in Social Work, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality Education and a Post-Masters Certificate in Marriage Counseling & Sex Therapy. Through the American Board of Sexology, she is a board certified sexologist and through the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists a certified sex therapist.  Additionally, she is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the American Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.

 

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